Cal Storm Team Taurasi
George Quintero | Head Coach
George Quintero, a pivotal figure in youth basketball, employs a practical and intense coaching style to propel players to excellence. With over 38 years of experience, he has steered elite-level youth and high-school club basketball in Southern California, resulting in the development of numerous NCAA Division I and professional players worldwide.
Commencing his coaching journey in 1985 at Santa Monica High School, Quintero spent 5 seasons as an associate head coach for the boys' varsity team. His contributions led to four consecutive undefeated league championships and captured of the schools first CIF Championship in 1987.
The program boasted All-Americans such as Carrick Dehart, Keith Harris, Kelvin Harris, Carlton Davenport, JD Green, William Benjamin, Danny Price, and Keith Neal. Additionally, Quintero's coaching on the girls' side played a pivotal role in achieving Undefeated league titles at South Torrance HS, Santa Monica Crossroads, and Los Angeles Marlborough. He designed the blueprint for success, securing Marlborough's first of four consecutive CIF and first state championship school history.
In 1993, Quintero founded WBC California Finest, a nationally respected program focusing on skill development for male and female student athletes. The program gained national prominence with standout male players like London Perrantes, Trevis Jackson and female athletes Jennifer Hall, Alexis Kendrick, Crystal Ervin, and Noelle Quinn, who went on to become McDonald's All Americans.
Assuming the role of Director of Basketball and Head Coach of the California Storm Basketball Club in 2006, Quintero elevated the organization to become a member of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL). Cal Storm's reputation soared as it produced notable WNBA players and others who successfully transitioned to college and professional levels.
Quintero's year-round player development program at Cal Storm is distinguished for its comprehensive training. Under Coach George's guidance, players are prepared to excel, mastering elite skills essential for a seamless transition to collegiate and professional levels. In his initial 20 seasons at Cal Storm, George oversaw the progress of top-tier players, solidifying Coach GQ's remarkable brand as an unprecedented standard in the Club/AAU realm.
* Abi Olajuwon (Oklahoma) McDonald's All-American - WNBA
* Aari McDonald (Arizona) McDonald's All-American - - WNBA
* Alexis Kendrick (Georgia) McDonald's All-American - Euro League Professional
* Amber Melgoza (Washington) ESPN Top 100 - Euro League Professional
* Alyssia Brewer (Tennessee/UCLA) McDonald's All-American
* Ashley Chea (Princeton) ESPN Top 100
* Carrick Dehart (UC Santa Barbara) Boston Celtics
* Carlton Davenport (UC Santa Barbara)
* Chelsea Gray (Duke) - WNBA - Team USA Olypic Gold Medalist
* Chloe Briggs (Washington) ESPN Top 100
* Crystal Ervin (Notre Dame) McDonald's All-American
* Danny Price (Weber State)
* Dianna Taurasi (UCONN) WNBA - The G.O.A.T. Team USA Olypic Gold Medalist
* Elle Ladine (Washington) ESPN Top 100
* Gabby Green (Cal) McDonald's All-American - Team USA Basketball
* Hannah Stines (Washington) ESPN Top 100
* Jennifer Hall (Vanderbilt) McDonald's All-American
* Justine Hartman (Cal) McDonald's All-American
* JD Green (Southern Methodist University) All American
* Kaitlyn Chen (Princeton) ESPN Top 100
* Keith Harris (Kansas University) All- American / 1987 NCAA National Champion
* Kelvin Harris (Kansas University) All- American
* Keith Neal (Humbolt University)
* Kendall Cooper (Duke) - McDonald's All-American - Euro League Professional
* Leaonne Odom (Duke) McDonald's All-American - Team USA Basketball
* London Perrantes (Univsity of Virginia) - Cleveland Cavaliers
* Mariya Moore (Louisville) McDonald's All-American - Team USA Basketball
* Oderah Chidom (Duke) McDonald's All-American - Euro League Professional
* Rayah Marshall (USC) McDonald's All-American - Team USA Basketball
* Skye Belker (Princeton) ESPN Top 100
* Trevis Jackson (Sacramento State) Philippine Basketball Association
* Valerie Higgins (USC) Jordan Brand All-American - Team USA Basketball
* Vanessa De Jesus (Duke) ESPN Top 100
* William Benjamni (New Mexico State)
Quintero's dedication to player development resulted in unparalleled year-round training, fostering players who excelled at the collegiate and professional levels. He also established Team Taurasi in affiliation with WNBA star Diana Taurasi, making Cal Storm the first girls' basketball club linked to a professional athlete. This legacy has cemented Quintero's brand as a leader in the Club/AAU basketball sphere.